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Planning a fishing trip, it’s a good idea to review the local fishing laws and rules for the area you plan to visit. Will you need a license? In some states, if you fish on a charter boat, a license is not required. You will want to know if there are any size and number limits that apply. There could also be restrictions on bait and tackle.

Fishing in an unknown area can present many variables. Can you use dip nets or drag nets for shrimping? On some bodies of water, spear guns are prohibited at certain times of the year if not entirely. If you are taking your boat and intend to fish in salt water, you will need good rinse equipment to flush your motor. Also be sure to wash down your rods and trailer. Salt water can ruin just about any fishing equipment and damage your trailer.

Chartering may present the best option because everything is furnished. Look up the charter business online or ask around for referrals. When you choose one, check to be certain they are licensed, and they have all the required safety equipment including PFDs aboard. If in a southern state, cover up with long sleeves and a hat to avoid sunburn.

Have a great time!

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